Community Inclusion Building BridgesBuilding Bridges Through Disability Awareness

What is it like to have a disability or to be a family member of someone who has a disability? Staff at Starbridge are experts in understanding disabilities and in working with schools, organizations, and community groups in a positive, engaging fashion to help them see that we are all people first. Our programs are –

  • Delivered by experienced presenters
  • Designed to contribute to increased sensitivity and acceptance of diversity within our schools, workplaces, and communities
  • Customizable to meet the needs of your group

Building Bridges in Schools

Students who participate in our Building Bridges program – 

  • Learn that we are more alike than different
  • Develop an understanding of disabilities and how they affect everyday life
  • Identify the qualities of a good friend
  • Build acceptance
  • Understand the value of making connections and being supportive in classroom, peer group, and community settings

Schools strive to provide quality instruction in an environment that is tolerant, respectful, and inclusive. Building Bridges supports PBIS and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) while fostering awareness and sensitivity to include all students. The program is delivered in individual classrooms to maximize learning and interaction while minimizing disruptions to school-wide schedules. Content can be delivered to any grade level and tailored to meet the needs of the classroom. A large-group presentation can also be arranged if your school desires.

View the flyer for Building Bridges in Schools

Building Bridges in Workplaces & Organizations

Employees and organizations that participate in our Building Bridges program – 

  • Learn that we all have strengths and areas of challenges
  • Develop an understanding of disabilities and how they affect everyday life
  • Improve their comfort level and skills in working with or interacting with people with disabilities
  • Understand the definitions of and ways to accomplish reasonable accommodations and accessibility

The latest US Census estimates that nearly 1 in 5 Americans have some form of disability. Individuals with disabilities, their families, and friends are more likely to shop at, dine at, or engage the services of businesses that are accessible and inclusive. In addition, businesses that are flexible and open to employing the talents of all individuals, including those with disabilities, promote a workplace culture of collaboration and success.

View the flyer for Building Bridges for Organizations

To arrange for a session of Building Bridges, contact Joyce Steel, Director of Family Advocacy, by phone at 585-224-7334 or email jsteel@starbridgeinc.org.

Community Inclusion Building Bridges2Workshops – Building Knowledge & Developing Skills

Starbridge provides interactive, informative workshops to build knowledge and develop skills for individuals with disabilities, families, and the professionals who work with them.  If your organization is looking for professional development opportunities for staff, contact Joyce Steel, Director of Family Advocacy, by phone at 585-224-7334 or email jsteel@starbridgeinc.org.

View our online calendar to find workshops currently scheduled.

Keynote Speakers from Starbridge

Do you need a keynote speaker for your conference or event? Starbridge has experienced presenters who have engaged audiences at statewide, national, and international conferences.

For more information, please contact Joyce Steel, Director of Family Advocacy, by phone at 585-224-7334 or email jsteel@starbridgeinc.org.